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ECU Transit: Accessibility - Pirate Access

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Pirate Access

ECU Transit offers additional support for our riders with permanent or temporary mobility impairments through a new service called Pirate Access. This service operates cooperatively with Disability Support Services and Student Health Services, and requires certification by a healthcare provider before you can begin using it.

Obtaining Certification

To become certified for Pirate Access, you should first download and complete the Pirate Access Application. The process differs slightly for students versus faculty and staff.

Student Certification

  1. Contact Student Health Services (SHS) by e-mail at pirateaccess@ecu.edu or call 252-328-6841 to begin the process to verify your mobility impairment will require point to point transportation service. If medical care has been received outside of SHS, students must provide copies of pertinent medical records for review. SHS staff will review records and may request the student with an SHS healthcare provider if more information is needed.
  2. If approved, an SHS healthcare provider will sign the Pirate Access Application Form.
  3. Student Health Services will send completed Pirate Access Application Form to ECU Transit.
  4. Once the customer's information has been entered into the system, ECU Transit staff will contact customer to setup trip schedule.

Faculty & Staff Certification

  1. Visit Healthcare Provider to verify mobility impairment that will require point to point transportation service.
  2. The certifying Healthcare Provider will sign the Pirate Access Application Form.
  3. Customer will return completed Pirate Access Application Form to Department of Disability Support Services (DSS).
  4. DSS will certify the customer by signing the Pirate Access Application Form and sending to ECU Transit.
  5. Once the customer's information has been entered into the system, ECU Transit staff will contact customer to setup trip schedule. 

More information about Pirate Access is available in the Pirate Access Guide (PDF). Before beginning the certification process described above, please be sure to fill out the Pirate Access Application (PDF) to bring with you during your visit with your healthcare provider. If you have questions not covered by this guide or just need assistance getting started, please feel free to contact us by phone at 252-328-7433 or by e-mail at pirateaccess@ecu.edu.